Microsoft Band and its health apps are officially dead, but some owners qualify for refunds

Microsoft Band and its health apps are officially dead, but some owners qualify for refunds
Not many probably know that Microsoft has dabbled in the connected health devices market, but that's because its products failed to gain any traction consumer-wise. The Microsoft Band exists on the market for quite a while, but few have bought it and even fewer are still using it.

That's why Microsoft has decided to do something about that, but it's not something pretty. The Redmond-based company has just announced that it will kill off the Microsoft Health Dashboard apps and services effective May 31, The Verge reports.

Now, the Microsoft Band was discontinued back in 2017, but these apps kept functioning in order to serve those who bought it. If you're one of the not so many Microsoft Band owners, you have until May 31 to export all your data.

Moreover, if you bought a Microsoft Band and synced data from it to the Health Dashboard between December 1, 2018, and March 1, 2019, you are eligible for a refund. You'll have to apply for the refund after getting an email from Microsoft if you want to receive $80 for Band 1 or $175 for Band 2.

It also worth mentioning that in case the Microsoft Band you own is covered under warranty, you'll receive the same refund amounts as those above.

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3 Comments

1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The Band 2 was an awesome device with many features and could be used on Android and iOS. It's downfall was the cracking straps. I hope to see my refund email soon as I was still using it when I'd go fishing offshore.

2. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Agreed. Enjoyed the Band when I was using it. I stopped using it because fitness trackers in general are not my style, especially when it comes to playing sports like basketball.

3. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

They're killing off the apps and services they no longer want to support, but they're also providing some monetary reimbursement to users for the early sunsetting. Importantly, most of the tracking features will continue to work beyond the May 31st date, albeit without the useful dashboard for information from what it sounds like. @Cosmin Vasile -- one piece of advice from my perspective if you're willing to receive it. You seem to have taken several unnecessary or underhanded shots at the product/company in this article. While you may be trying to be more provocative for the sake of readership, a more measured approach where you state the factual failings of the device while also offering some positives might appeal to a greater number of readers. But I would suggest staying away from more sensational statements that don't really add to the story, like "not many people probably know," "few have bought it and even fewer are using it," "not something pretty," "If you're one of the not so many...".

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